It’s not your imagination: The circus — all kinds — is everywhere lately. Has witnessing all that flipping, flying, juggling and tumbling inspired the kids to give circus arts a whirl? New York City is full of professionals ready to help your little daredevil, clown or acrobat learn the skills of the big top (often, in incredible, cavernous spaces). From school break and summer camps to ongoing classes and events — some of which are even free — there’s a circus class out there for your kid. Click through to find where to soar with the greatest of ease!

To Learn the Fundamentals for Free: LAVA

Don’t pass up a chance to try out aerials for free at The LAVA Studio where kids ages 5 to 12 practice fundamentals like handstands, tumbling, movement composition and group pyramids. All skill levels are welcome to drop in on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. for this class with instructors from Trapeze School of New York.

524 Bergen St. Prospect Heights

photo: Lava Brooklyn


Does your child do circus arts? Tell us about their experience in the comments!

— Anna Knoebel